Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State assents to a controversial bill seeking to establish new emirates in Kano
The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has assented to the controversial Kano Emirates Council Bill 2019 passed by the state House of Assembly earlier today.
The governor had on May 8 assented to the law establishing four additional emirates with first class emirs in Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, but a Kano High Court dissolved the emirates on November 21.
Following the court judgement nullifying the emirates, the governor represented a fresh bill with several amendments believed to be targeted at the emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The bill, which was sent to the House on Monday by the state Executive Council on Monday, was read for the third time on Thursday morning and shortly afterward passed into law with very little alteration.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the major amendment to the bill is in Section 12, which the legislators inserted a proviso that the governor must seek their approval before grading the emirs first, second and third class.
Hour after the Assembly’s passage, the governor signed the law at a ceremony at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano on Thursday.
But legal experts argued that the Assembly and governor’s actions were in violation of law as there is a subsisting case on the subject matter before Justice A.T Badamasi of Kano High Court 3.